Dianhydride-amine hydrogen bonded perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride and tetraaminobenzene rows.

Research paper by J J Ma, B L BL Rogers, M J MJ Humphry, D J DJ Ring, G G Goretzki, N R NR Champness, P H PH Beton

Indexed on: 28 Jun '06Published on: 28 Jun '06Published in: Journal of Physical Chemistry B


We have investigated the coadsorption of perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) and tetraaminobenzene (TAB) on the Ag/Si(111)-square root(3) x square root(3) R30 degree surface using scanning tunneling microscopy. At room temperature, PTCDA islands with square and herringbone ordering are formed which, on exposure to TAB, are converted into an intermixed phase in which PTCDA and TAB form alternating rows. From our images, we determine the relative placement of TAB and PTCDA molecules and conclude that the row structure is stabilized by hydrogen bonding between dianhydride and diamine groups. We confirm that this hydrogen bonding junction is stable using ab initio calculations and show that the proposed geometry is consistent with calculated intermolecular dimensions.